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Mackay Woman Saves Dog From Cougar
Thursday, February 7, 2019


A Mackay woman breaking up a fight between her dog and another suddenly found she had a young mountain lion in her hands.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said that Danese Maynard ran out of her house on the morning of Jan. 30 to pull the two animals apart only to learn “the other dog” was a 35-pound male cougar.

“I ran out barefoot and in my nightgown because I thought someone else’s dog was here and I reached down and grabbed it…then I noticed its ears and I was like ‘oh sh***” she told KTVB.

Maynard yelled “cat,” alerting her husband, and he shot the cougar while she held on to it.

“We shot next to his head because we just wanted it to release our dog,” she said. “We did not want to have to kill it. We were hoping it would let go.”

Maynard was scratched in the incident. Her dog received a superficial cut to its belly, a laceration in its head and injuries to its leg.

Idaho Fish and Game officer retrieved the carcass for testing at the Wildlife Health and Forensic Laboratory to determine if disease may have played a role in the lion’s behavior.

Another young mountain lion made headlines this week after attacking a Colorado jogger at Horsetooth Mountain Park near Fort Collins. The 32-year-old man was bitten in the face, wrist, arms, legs and back  but managed to kill the cougar by strangling him.

Authorities said the man had done everything people are asked to do when encountering an animal of this sort, including standing his ground, waving his hands in the air to make himself look big and yelling. But the lion, which weighed less than a hundred pounds attacked nevertheless.

Idaho Fish and Game officer shot and killed a mountain lion the last week of January after it was believed to have killed a dog in Ketchum’s Warm Springs area. A mountain lion also killed a dog in Bellevue in mid-January.

Elsewhere in the state, police killed a young female mountain lion in Lava Hot Springs during January after it was found wandering through town showing little fear of humans. That lion was malnourished and appeared blind in one eye.

Idaho has never had a recorded incident of a mountain lion killing a person. But mountain lions killed a bicyclist and a hiker in Washington and Oregon in 2018.

If you do encounter a lion:

  • Don’t run.
  • Pick up children without bending over.
  • Don’t turn your back on the lion; crouch down or try to hide.
  • Remain facing the lion and slowly back away, leaving the animal an escape route.
  • Try to appear as large as possible by standing on a rock or stump, holding up your arms. If you’re with others, stand together.
  • Shout, wave your arms and throw objects if the lion doesn’t leave the area.
  • Fight back if the lion attacks. Stay on your feet and use sticks, rocks, backpack or hands to fight. Use bear spray if you have it.

    Cut down on the chances that a lion will frequent your neighborhood.

  • Do not leave pets outside unattended especially in early mornings late evenings and at night and especially if there are frequently deer or elk in the neighborhood.
  • Never approach a lion or offer it food.
  • Do not feed wildlife, including deer, raccoons or other small animals on your property.
  • Feed pets indoors, as pet food left outdoors may attract mountain lions or their prey.
  • Use garbage cans with tight fitting lids.
  • Close off spaces beneath decks, porches or sheds that can be used by the lions and their prey.
  • Avoid landscaping that attracts deer and provides hiding places for lions.
  • Keep outdoor animals in a secure pen with a wire roof.




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